How many academics does it take to assemble a flat-pack shed? Five: One to write the proposal, one to calculate the optimal size and location in the garden, one to analyse the effect of the shed on the quality of life of the homeowner, one to write the publication, and one to hire a PhD student to put it together! Don’t worry, I’ve not gone completely mad – but I am excited to share with you some information about a new initiative from the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds – and the meaning behind SHED will be revealed!
The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds are launching their ‘School of Healthcare Education and Debate talks‘, or SHEDtalks for short. Taking place each semester, SHEDtalks are aimed at a wide audience, including people with health conditions, parents, carers, healthcare professionals (medical and non-medical), academics, undergraduate students, taught postgraduate students and postgraduate researchers. With so many people who can influence evidenced-based change to improve health service delivery at one event, this is an excellent opportunity to share and debate leading health research, helping to drive health and social care innovation.
Join the inaugural SHEDtalks
The inaugural SHEDtalks will take place on Monday 27 February 2017 from 12pm until 1pm in the Roger Stevenson Lecture Theatre 23 at the University of Leeds. It’s free to attend – simply register here on Eventbrite. The talk will be chaired by Professor John Baker, Chair in Mental Health Nursing at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.
You SHOULD ‘sweat the small stuff’ – Amalgamating marginal gains in ESSEntial Nursing CarE
Professor David Richards will be presenting at the inaugural SHEDtalks. Professor Richards is a NIHR Senior Investigator at the University of Exeter. Along with a consortium of health services researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth and Southampton, lay advisors, patients and carers, and senior clinical and nurse managers in the UK, they are undertaking a research programme called ESSENCE, on essential nursing care, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Nursing care matters a great deal to patients and the public. When nursing care is sub-optimal, patients experience health care negatively. Failure to assure the quality of nursing care leads not only to distress and dissatisfaction, but also to wider patient safety failures.
Professor Richards will explain how a new method of nursing based on a process called the ‘amalgamation of marginal gains’ (AMG), used very successfully in sports and in some health care setting, but not so far in nursing, is being designed. The aim is to help nurses achieve small improvements in many different areas, leading to overall better quality care.